a vestige of thought...
Saturday, July 29, 2006
#29 The Cross of Tau
I looked up Franciscan Cross on Wikipedia and didn't find anything, but after doing some research, I came up with the following. The T-shaped cross is actually called the Tau cross, also known as St. Anthony's cross, the Egyptian cross, and crux commissa. St. Francis of Assisi used it as his signature.
It is possible that Christ died on a Tau cross, although the Latin cross, with the stem at the top, has become the common modern view.
And there is your history lesson for the evening. =)